আজি চাওঁক- Govt. Plans to Reopen Schools, Colleges from September 1
The Government of Assam is planning to reopen educational institutes including schools and colleges from 1st September 2020.
Assam health, finance and education minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “We have been planning to open the schools from September 1. But the final decision will be taken by the central government“.
As per initial planning the education department has come up with, all teachers and non-teaching staff will have to get themselves tested for COVID-19 and that they will have to get themselves tested between Aug 23 and 30.
On the other hand, classes from nursery to IV will not reopen even on September 1 while classes from V to VIII will be held not in classrooms but in playgrounds and open spaces.
“No classes will be held till Class IV even on Sep 1 and that the plan, if things get better, is to hold classes from Class V onwards. From Class V to Class VIII, classes will be held in playgrounds and other open spaces and not in classrooms,” the Assam Education Minister said.
“For Class IX to Class XII, classes will be held inside school and college classrooms. While students of Class IX and Class XI, classes will be held two days a week while students of Class X and Class XII will have classes for four days in a week,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said, adding that classes in one day will be of three hour duration and that teachers should divide students into sections with one section having maximum 15 students.
On the other hand, for students pursuing three-year degree (TDC) courses only final semester students will require to attend classes if they do begin in September.
No directives have been issued for resumption of University classes since the varsities are autonomous bodies and will take a decision on their own in consultation with the Education department.
“We are looking at the reopening as a voluntary exercise and not something that would be implemented compulsorily. Attendance for students will not be compulsory but the same will be for teaching and non-teaching staff” Himanta Biswa Sarma added.
“The government will upload the SOPs in two websites. People, including educationists, can offer their suggestions on reopening of educational institutions till Aug 20. The government will take all suggestions into consideration before coming up with a final decision,” the Education Ministry concluded.
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